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Congregational Affirmation of Faith

Author: 
- Various
Date Given: 
June 27, 2009

Congregational Affirmation of Faith

I. The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32

Run Like You’re …

Published by: Sam Crabtree
August 8, 2014

Jesse Harms’ coach said to him, “Harms, run like you’re getting somewhere!”

In other words, don’t run aimlessly. The apostle Paul had something to say about that:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.—1 Corinthians 9:24–26

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Fundamental Delusion

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 30, 2014

Confidence in the wisdom of God is closely related to our obedience to him. A great delusion is contained in the thought, “If I keep his commandments, I will not be happy.” Herein is the fundamental human delusion.–R.C. Sproul, The Intimate Marriage

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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He’s Expecting You

Published by: Sam Crabtree
July 2, 2014

Bethlehem’s North Campus elders are reading together, out loud, Wesley Duewel’s Touch the World Through Prayer, in which he says, “The greatest privilege God gives you is the freedom to approach him at any time. You are not only authorized to speak to him; you are invited. You are not only permitted; you are expected.”

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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What I Said To Rick Segal

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 20, 2014

When Rick Segal was transitioning to his new post as Vice President for Advancement at Bethlehem College and Seminary, he made an appointment to see me. He brought a list of 44 questions he wanted to discuss. He entered my office, and after we prayed, I said, “Before we tackle your 44 questions, I would like to look at a few Scriptures together—Scriptures that establish the backdrop and framework through which I approach my role as chairman of the board.

These are the texts we read together.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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‘Already Compromised,’ Part 2

Published by: Sam Crabtree
June 3, 2014

America’s Research Group interviewed presidents, vice presidents, heads of science departments, and heads of religion departments at 200 Christian colleges. When it comes to biblical authority, Britt Beemer reports “cause for concern in the curriculum, conflict between departments, and confusion among leaders on many levels.”

The following data comes from Already Compromised, by Ken Ham and Greg Hall (with Britt Beemer of America’s Research Group): 

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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What Is The Hardest Thing to Believe?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 27, 2014

That’s the question Jason Meyer asked at an elder council meeting. His answer? The hardest thing to believe is that God loves me as much as he says he does.

How COULD he love me that much when I am such a sinful rebel?

God backs up his love claim with action: Inflicting all the punishment I deserve on Jesus, leaving no remaining wrath to pour out on me.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Atheism Saws Off the Branch on Which It Perches

Published by: Sam Crabtree
May 9, 2014

Atheism assumes all truth is relative. But that statement itself must either include itself or exclude itself. If it includes itself (which it must), then it means the statement itself is not always true.

Atheism is self-destructive. 

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Transitions

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 30, 2014

This week I am moving my office from the Downtown Campus to the North Campus because the congregation voted Sunday night on a revision in my job description, placing greater focus on the North Campus.

God ordains that from time to time we do things differently in order to make a difference.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Pedal to the Metal Ministry

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Speaker: 
Jason Meyer
Date Given: 
April 26, 2014

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.—2 Corinthians 5:6–10

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